Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 20th Paintout, Platt Farm, Southbury CT

Barbed wire heart on farm fence
Lots of Platt Farm visitors walk the trails everyday
along Flood Bridge Road.  One of them left a little love
and whimsy.
Please join the Pomperaug Outdoor Painters (POP) at Southbury Land Trust's Platt Farm located on Flood Bridge Road in Southbury on Sunday, May 20th, (rain cancels, no rain date) 8:30am – 1:00pm.  Artists of all skill levels are encouraged  to come and sketch or paint for the day at no charge.  No instruction, artists bring their own supplies.  This the first paintout of the season.  

Here is a one minute video of what you will see. https://youtu.be/z7X8f21ZrKA

POP is a “plein air” (outdoor) painting group that has been formed to promote landscape painting in all media, camaraderie amongst local artists, and passive enjoyment of natural spaces in the Southbury, CT area. 

The SLT Platt Farm Preserve, 110 acres, was purchased from Willis and Lillian Platt who had farmed the land for more than 50 years.  The property features open hayfields, mature floodplain forest along the Pomperaug River, glacial boulders, a beautiful old adjacent farmhouse, and barns.   The property offers many views and painting opportunities for artists, as well as hiking companions. 

Directions:  the preserve may be reached by taking Exit 15 off of I-84.  Drive North on Route 172  to the South Britain Library. Take a right off of Route 172 onto Library Road, continue up the hill, turn right on Flood Bridge Road. As you drive down Flood Bridge, you will see many areas to paint along a 1 1/2 mile stretch of pavement and dirt road--and a couple of places where you might park on the road.  If you continue on to the dirt portion of the road, just before you get to the far Eastern boundary of the preserve, you will see a grassy, fenced parking area on your left. No restroom facilities available, but at Exit 14 there is a Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts.  

For more information on this event or future events, please call or email:
Ellie Boyd, 203-429-4356, pomperaugoutdoorpainters@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018 Painting Schedule

Ellie Boyd paints at Platt Farm, along Flood Bridge Road in Southbury, CT.
The POP paintout schedule has been set up, for paintouts beginning in May, ending in October.  (No paintout in August.)  YES, it WILL be nice enough to go out and paint soon.  Here is a link to the Google Calendar with all the details:  Calendar Link

Many thanks to Diane Dubreuil, John Forgione, and Geri Dunne for their enthusiasm for the sport of plein air, and their great location suggestions.

Please check it and join us!  Our first location is a repeat from 2012 -- Southbury Land Trust's Platt Farm Preserve on Flood Bridge Road, Sunday, May 20th, from 8:30 to 1:00.  Second location:  New Milford.  Link to Event PDF


Free and Open to All Artists, to gather and paint outside, in a beautiful farm setting with Victorian home, 19th c. farm buildings, and riparian vistas.  

(No instruction; bring your own supplies, snacks, lunch, folding chair.)

Parking along Flood Bridge Road, or in two designated parking areas.
No smoking.  Leave pets at home.

Directions:
I-84, Exit 14, travel North on Route 172.
Turn right on Library Road, then right on Flood Bridge Road.

No rain date

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

June Show at the Southbury Public Library




Ellie Boyd paints along with Brian Blood

Brian Blood, nationally recognized landscape painter, demonstrates step-by-step instructions for creating a California landscape in his video “Studio Painting Secrets” by Liliedahl Video Productions, from the Southbury Public Library collection.  Southbury resident and artist Ellie Boyd is painting along, to submit to the “Inspired Art” show in June.

"Inspired Art" -- A Different Kind of Show

In June 2018, the Southbury Public Library will host a different kind of art show.  Artists 18+ years old are invited to check out one or two art instructional DVD's from the collection of 150 videos, and either paint along with the instructor, or be inspired to apply new knowledge gleaned from one of the DVD's to create new art of their own.  Videos can be checked out for two weeks at a time.  The library has the show registration forms.

Take a look at the collection in the Southbury Public Library, and check out a video.  Here is a PDF with the titles/artists you will encounter.   http://bit.ly/ArtInstructionVideosUpdate
(Screenshots from the video used with express permission of Streamline Publishing.)

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Dreaming About Plein Air?


Diane Dubreuil and Ellie Boyd painting in Maine.




Now is the time of year to offer up ideas for POP painting locations/dates for the 2018 schedule.  The group paints together about once/month.

If you have a good spot you'd like to share with a group of 2 to 10 painters, preferably with parking and an on site bathroom, please email pomperaugoutdoorpainters@gmail.com.

Thank you,
Ellie Boyd (203) 429-4356

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Great Way to End the Plein Air Season


Scott Peterson and Zufar Bikbov with "Best of Show" award
Scott Peterson of the Middlebury Land Trust presents Zufar Bikbov
 with "Best of Show" award.
14 Painters trekked to Brookdale Farm to enjoy a day of painting, free hotdogs and Dottie's donuts, and some beautiful scenery to paint.  The weather held until halfway through the judging/voting, but it was gratifying to see all the beautiful paintings lined up, and painters laughing, chatting, having a good time.  Congratulations to Zufar Bikbov of Watertown, who won Best of Show ($300), by judge Tom Adkins, and also got the votes for Artist's Choice ($100), and sold his painting.  Cathy Liontas, of Milford, rose to the top of the visitor's lists, and captured People's Choice ($200).   Congratulations and thank you for supporting the programs of POP and the Middlebury Land Trust.  Many thanks to our judge Tom Adkins, and to the MLT, LPOS and Rob Fenn for hosting this event in such an ideal location.  




It was great to meet painters who traveled to Middlebury to paint, and see old painting friends come out.  The weather was back and forth all week with rain predicted one day, then partly sunny the next.  Thank you to Cathy Liontas, Carolyn Currie, Arline Corcoran, Carrie Mecartney, Edward Magnotti, Tom Adkins, Lorraine Chapin, John Forgione, Frank Bruckman, Betty Ann Medeiros, Zufar Bikbov, Chuck Fulkerson, Liz Coyle, and Jill Nichols for coming out to try your luck.  Special thanks to Arline, John, and Carrie for helping at the sign in table.  
Cathy Liontas receives "People's Choice" award from
Scott Peterson, Middlebury Land Trust.
Scott Peterson and assembled Brookdale Quick Draw artists.



Approaching Fall by Zufar Bikbov
Best of Show winner "Approaching Fall" by Zufar Bikbov.

  Malcomb Todt, Scott Peterson, and Ray Pietrorazio of the Middlebury Land Trust
Malcomb Todt, Scott Peterson, and Ray Pietrorazio of the Middlebury Land Trust
and pumpkin friends.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Paint the Farm! September 30th

Paint the Farm 9-30-2017 Info Card

Artists and History Lovers Unite September 30th

On Saturday, September 30th, the Middlebury Land Trust,  the Town of Middlebury’s Land Preservation and Open Space Committee (LPOS) and Pomperaug Outdoor Painters will host a one-day “plein air” (outdoor) paintout from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the annual Farm Tour Day at Brookdale Farm, 55 Artillery Road, Middlebury CT.  Tours of the farm will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Rain Date:  October 7th.  

The Middlebury Land Trust, Inc. is a Connecticut non-profit membership corporation formed to acquire and preserve land or conservation easements to maintain and preserve a healthy, attractive and balanced environment for living in the Town of Middlebury. It seeks to preserve natural areas, including forests, meadows, swamps, marshes, ponds and streams which contribute to and enhance the rural nature of the Town.  Brookdale Farm is a beautiful private 66 acre site featuring open fields, Victorian-era barn and home buildings.  Painters may also find the adjacent pond, graveyard,  and wetland area ripe with subject matter.  History buffs will enjoy the many interesting features of the farm, founded in the 1790's, like the chestnut framing and siding, a spring-fed water supply in operation since 1880, and the history of the Fenn family.  The barns are painted an unusual color of vibrant yellow.  Rob Fenn says, "It was chosen by my Father, because it was the color of my grandmother's pudding, a favorite of my Father."  

Optional Quick Draw:  there will be an optional "quick draw" competition with prizes during the event from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Link http://bit.ly/2wpd5u4 to download registration form and preregister.   All artists need to supply their own equipment and materials.  Artists may use oils, pastels, watercolor, acrylics or graphite, but must paint outside the day of the event.  

A "quick draw" competition is a timed painting event.  All registered artists begin with a blank canvas, stamped by MLT at the welcome table, and begin to paint at 9:30 a.m. and stop painting at 11:30 a.m.  Artists bring their artwork to the judging area at 11:30 a.m. for judging for Best of Show ($300) by guest artist Tom Adkins of Southbury, CT.  Visitors to the Farm Day will cast their votes for "People's Choice" award ($200).  Participating artists may cast their ballots for "Artist's Choice" award ($100).  Prizes and awards will be announced at 12:30 p.m.  Paintings will be for sale the day of the event, and a portion of onsite sales will be donated to the Middlebury Land Trust to support land conservation programs.  

The Middlebury Land Trust, Inc. is a Connecticut non-profit membership corporation formed to acquire and preserve land or conservation easements to maintain and preserve a healthy, attractive and balanced environment for living in the Town of Middlebury. It seeks to preserve natural areas, including forests, meadows, swamps, marshes, ponds and streams which contribute to and enhance the rural nature of the Town.  Brookdale Farm is a beautiful private 66 acre site featuring open fields, Victorian-era barn and home buildings.  Painters may also find the adjacent pond, graveyard,  and wetland area ripe with subject matter.  Middlebury Land Trust will offer free hotdogs, and there are excellent restaurants nearby.  
Pomperaug Outdoor Painters (POP) is a plein air painting group formed locally to promote landscape painting in all media, camaraderie amongst local artists, and preservation of natural landscapes.  
For additional information, please contact Ellie Boyd, (203) 429-4356, pomperaugoutdoorpainters@gmail.com 

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Flanders Open Paintout 9/16



Photo of field of sunflowers at Flanders Nature Center, Woodbury CT
Flanders is a haven for birds, bees and artists!


Pomperaug Outdoor Painters (POP) and Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust will co-host a free, open painting/sketching event on Saturday, September 16th, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in conjunction with Oil Painters of America.   The center is located at 5 Church Hill Road in Woodbury.  Flanders offers a visual feast of preserved pastoral scenes with barns, colonial architecture, ponds and a variety of fields with hiking trails—many painting opportunities for artists and nature enthusiasts. In addition, the former studio of noted artist Natalie Van Vleck will be open for visitors and artists.   The event is free and open to artists of all skill levels to come and sketch or paint for the day—no instruction is provided. Young painters welcome with a parent.  Please, no pets.

In addition, collectors and visitors are encouraged to attend the event to find out more about plein air painting and add to their collections.  Artists will be available to discuss their work, and may display/sell paintings at their easels.  A portion of each sale will be donated to Flanders to support ongoing programs.  Parking is adjacent to the center.  

Artists should bring an easel and art supplies, water, bug spray, a sack lunch, and a couple of paintings to display at their easel if they wish.  Group will break for lunch around noon.  Facilities available.  Rain date: Sunday, September 17. 

POP is a “plein air” (outdoor) painting group formed to promote landscape painting in all media, camaraderie amongst area artists, and to help in the preservation of natural and historical spaces in Southbury and the surrounding area. 


Directions to event: from I-84, Exit 15, travel North on Route 6, pass through Woodbury, then turn left on Flanders Road.  Center will be three miles up, at the intersection of Flanders Road and Church Hill Road.